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Raschera d'Alpeggio and Arugula Salad Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 4 cups arugula
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 pound Raschera d'Alpeggio cheese, cut into small cubes

Special equipment needed:
- None

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large bowl, combine arugula, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and pine nuts.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
4. Add the cubes of Raschera d'Alpeggio cheese to the salad and toss gently.
5. Serve immediately.

- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: None
- Room temperature
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 350
- Fat: 30g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Protein: 14g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Arugula can be substituted with baby spinach or mixed greens.
- Cherry tomatoes can be substituted with grape tomatoes or diced Roma tomatoes.
- Red onion can be substituted with thinly sliced shallots or scallions.
- Pine nuts can be substituted with chopped walnuts or almonds.
- Raschera d'Alpeggio cheese can be substituted with Fontina or Gruyere cheese.

- Add sliced grilled chicken or shrimp for a heartier salad.
- Substitute the balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar or lemon juice for a different flavor.
- Add sliced avocado or diced mango for a touch of sweetness.

Tips and tricks:
- Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes to enhance their flavor.
- Cut the cheese into small cubes to distribute it evenly throughout the salad.
- Dress the salad just before serving to prevent the arugula from wilting.

Storage instructions:
- This salad is best served immediately and does not store well.

Reheating instructions:
- Not applicable.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the salad in a large bowl or on individual plates.
- Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or basil.

- Fresh herbs such as parsley or basil.

- This salad pairs well with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Suggested side dishes:
- Grilled vegetables or crusty bread.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dressing is too tart, add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavors.
- If the salad is too dry, add more dressing.

Food safety advice:
- Wash all produce thoroughly before using.
- Store any leftover ingredients separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

Food history:
- Raschera d'Alpeggio is a semi-soft cheese made from cow's milk in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Flavor profiles:
- This salad is a combination of peppery arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, tangy balsamic dressing, and nutty pine nuts, all brought together by the creamy and slightly nutty Raschera d'Alpeggio cheese.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve this salad as a light lunch or as a side dish with grilled meats or seafood.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Creamy, Nutty, Tangy, Savory, Bitter